Friday, 31 March 2017

A lost Picture Found.BB


Years ago i had this old flip up table  that opened up just over 5 foot and it was  magic for photo shoots because it had caster wheels,so it was easily pulled out from the wall and turned around in any direction i had a need to point it. Replaced  5 years ago with a rigid table i cannot move.
I chanced upon this rare lost photo and thought to place it here. I sure miss that table.BB



Tuesday, 21 March 2017


                                                            Abridged Version

The Solving Puzzle on how to paint the Flags has now been included at the End of the version.

                                              Yes they are finally off their paint tins!

Four coats of enamel paint, and one of gloss varnish has made sure with proper handing that the paint will stay put for many a year to come.

                                           The Brass Section of the Guards Band.

The Grenadier Guards seen on Mass

          Another 15 Drummers are to be added later to the band with two large Base Drummers.

    Realising that I am no painter I rely on large panoramic based figures to please the spectators eye.

                 Another coat of matt varnish on all the figures will complete this project.

Much Better Light The Next Day.

Painting is always a challenge who ever you might be,and that's a warm hearted fact,but is so much fun,and when finished to ones best ability,and in this case one can simply enjoy the colourful sight of them on The Parade Ground.

It was fuzzy trying to paint the Flags,but it soon formulated itself.

The Colours are in the middle. Ornate Union Flag either side.

Painting the Guards Union Flag,I found it easy to paint it white both sides then find the  4 corners
 I applied the yellow around the edges  first then from each corner already identified the thinnest red stripes were painted toward the centre point of the flag. Then the thicker red stripe was painted down from that centre point with a slight angle allowance made.Then the other thicker red stripe was painted on across the flag which forms the red cross of St George. Once all the red was painted on it was easy enough to fill in the gaps with the blue angled stripes leaving them with the thin surrounding white around the edges.  The other side of the flag is easy because all the 4 corners were found so angles and strips and colours were easy to work out in a most correct comprehensive style!

The Regimental Colours of Orange, Yellow  and Gold were likewise easier to paint both sides once the 4 corners of the flag were identified.  The fringe and Battle Honor's were dotted with gold when the paint was still wet.     
   All were very quick to paint up because confusion of angles had been logically worked  out well before painting work was started.                                                           

So hopefully those who have the Standard Bearers,  will find this helpful.

                                  After all It`s Only Magic!   


What on earth are these two pals up to?

All the Guards including the Guards Band have been finished off left a few days to make sure the paint stays upon them. Then checked out under magnifying glass that everything is as it should be. Then Fred and MayBell packaged the parcel up and placed the Fragile Notice carefully upon it. This is going to Bonn in Germany and I`m sort of chuffed that my painting of AIRFIX, Figures and other makes will be on show at ARNHEM in Holland on June 4th 2017,and although I cannot attend due to my health I feel good about taking part In The Big Parade that will be viewed by the general public,and is my modest way of supporting FIGZ,and Benno`s figure Forum. It is a free  Site,with many a member showing their work on there. So come visit,i am there most days. It is usually warm and welcoming  there.

                                                                     What Now?

                                            With the painting pressure for others off,
                                           i can chill out on casual dog walks now with Bella,and Mrs B.

                              This kind of life is another special kind of Magic! 
                              Thank you for viewing,and feel free to comment.BB

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Dalek Winged Lancers a Sci Fi Fantasy!... of fun presented by BB

It was upon the 11th Feb 2014,that I first saw fit,to create fits of laughter that is and place these photographs upon Benno`s Figure Forum,and as I am painting tiny figures for the FIGZ Parade at ARNHEM this year,i thought to show you all my,` Dalek Winged Lancers Parade!'               
It was a bright day for that time of year and my Mrs B,was out on her Dog walking patrol,and so it was that just after 8 am that morning that I finished cutting the last of the white paper wings out for my tiny army of pleasant pepper pot aliens. I had recently finished off 146 French Line Lancer,and so I had a few lancers left over,and it was a waste not to use them. So below will show how lancers along with wings did grow and grow and did sort of expand . 

                                      This little fellow did so rush by in such a whoosh!

                          I`m late,I`m late,they`ll shut the Gate! O`,Dear me I`m so late.

Dear,Dear,i will be for it,if I don`t make it to the Parade on time.
A certain white bunny came to mind.____________ And the Trumpet call of Boots & Saddles!

I guessed at the time that he would be for the high jump for certain, because yes after taking two shots with the camera the batteries were as flat as could be. As you see curiosity attracted a little attention from those upon their way to watch that elite unite parade upon my table top of constant change. Well the wee things had never seen such things as batteries or camera`s before, Yes it was quite alien to them that was for sure. These little fellows were new arrivals I`d spent the Christmas period of good will to all men and now aliens, painting up.

I quickly shoved the new batteries home and was just in time to see the little guy arrive and take his place in the formation that was never ever seen before. No you will never see these on You Tube.

It started like some kind of slow butterfly dance as they perfectly moved as if one and the lancers fluttered upon the strangest breeze ever to skirt along and over my table top.

 There was no music like in a band,but they all strangely hummed away in digital sound! They glided like Swans,first to the right.......

And spinning around to the left! My word I had never seen such beautiful gliding delight! It was as if they were on ice. And the hummmming increased in volume as they turned,it sounded quite tremendous! 

Swiftly they turned to the front,and you might well think the dance over ? However this had been a pleasant warm up for this elite unit of Dalek Winged Lancers.

                                                  ENJOY THE PANORAMIC VIEW                   

With a great deal of Awesome Buzzing they were greeted as they made their entrance of humming upon the avenue of lined up Daleks. The wings moved in flowing formation as if it were a dance of flowing dreams.

The applauding buzz was on a tremendous digital scale, as they proceeded  to flow along the avenue of such resounding might. As if a mere glimmer to come, they passed close by the medieval white tower of some Kings lost power ,and with a final winglike fluttering upon such an occasion as this ,that  grande parade was  over.____________ Or is it on the other hand of ticking time itself,to come?


If I have been  lucky enough to have raised a pleasant smile of interest,or indeed a wild laugh or too,then I am most thankful  indeed. BB